Annual Gala

2015

"An Evening With Mark Ruffalo"

Mr. Ruffalo was interviewed on stage by film critic Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2014

"A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman"

Mr. Freeman was interviewed on stage by director and producer Jon Turteltaub and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2013

"A Summer Soirée with Gwyneth Paltrow"

Ms. Paltrow was interviewed on stage by actress Amanda de Cadenet and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2012

"An Evening with Reese Witherspoon"

Ms. Witherspoon was interviewed on stage by director Alexander Payne and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2011

"A Night With Jamie Foxx"

Mr. Foxx was interviewed on stage by actor Robert Downey, Jr. and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2010

"An Evening With Robert Downey, Jr."

Mr. Downey was interviewed on stage by director, producer, writer, and actor Todd Phillips and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2009

"An Adventure with George Lucas"

Mr. Lucas was interviewed on stage by actor, director, and writer Jon Favreau and presented with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking.


2008

Honoring Alan Arkin

Mr. Arkin was interviewed on stage by theater critic Richard Christiansen of the Chicago Tribune and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2007

Honoring William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman

Mr. Macy and Ms. Huffman were interviewed on stage by actor John Mahoney and presented with the Renaissance Award.


2006

Honoring Bob Balaban

Mr. Balaban was interviewed on stage by film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. Actor Jeff Goldblum presented Mr. Balaban with the Renaissance Award


2005

Honoring Michael Mann

Mr. Mann was interviewed on stage by film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times and presented with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking.


2004

Honoring John Woo

Mr. Woo was interviewed on stage by Gene Siskel Film Center director of programming Barbara Scharres and presented with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking.


2003

Honoring Roger Ebert

Mr. Ebert was interviewed on stage by director, actor, and writer Harold Ramis and director, producer, and writer Andrew Davis and was presented with an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


2002

Honoring Nicole Kidman

Ms. Kidman was interviewed on stage by film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and presented with the Renaissance Award.